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Waitonga Falls

Experience the breathtaking beauty of Tongariro National Park with a visit to Waitonga Waterfalls, its highest waterfall, cascading down an impressive 39 meters. This natural wonder is a must-see, adding a touch of awe-inspiring splendor to the park's stunning landscape.

Tongariro National Park’s highest waterfall, the 39-metre Waitonga Falls, is reached via a well-formed track through mountain beech and kaikawaka (mountain cedar) forest. On clear calm days, there are fantastic views of Mount Ruapehu and the surrounding countryside. You can see reflections of the mountain in the Rotokawa pools, part of an alpine wetland area. The track begins from the parking area 11 kilometres up the Ohakune Mountain Road. 

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What to take:

  • Durable and comfortable footwear, such as sturdy shoes or boots.
  • Water and wind-resistant attire.
  • Warm layers, preferably made of wool or polypropylene.
  • Adequate food and hydration.
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • A first aid kit.

Know before you go:

  • Be mindful of the alpine environment, where weather conditions can change rapidly. Ensure your packing and attire are suitable for potential weather shifts.
  • Inform someone about your hiking plans and expected return time.
  • Understand your own capabilities, considering factors like altitude, climbing, and heat that can increase the difficulty of the hike.